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Debbie Kilroy: ex-drug trafficker-turned lawyer and advocate

Debbie Kilroy: ex-drug trafficker-turned lawyer and advocate

Queensland lawyer Debbie Kilroy is the only convicted drug trafficker in Australia to be admitted to the bar. As a young mother aged 28, she was sentenced to six years in prison in Brisbane after being convicted of supplying cannabis. Inside, she witnessed the brutal murder of a close friend, prompting authorities to reappraise conditions in the prison, and allowing inmates more say in the running of the facility. Upon release, she became a lawyer, and went on to found the prisoner advocacy organisation Sisters Inside. She is now also a member of the Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council.

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